Radio Theatre Take 2
The Blind Beggar Dies
The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School
Thank you to Roan Moore and Kevin Scott for the poster.
The Blind Beggar Dies
Lamont Cranston, or The Shadow, is a cop by day, and a super spy investigator by night. After the murder of Singing Jane, The Shadow teams up with local beggar, Apple Mary, and the rest of her crew to solve the heinous crime committed by city thugs, Spike Grogan and Marty Nelson.
Alyza P: Singing Jane, Limpy, Dugan
Arman T: The Shadow/Lamont Cranston, Man on the Street
Jackson M: Marty, Clancy
Molly R: Woman on the Street, Margo Lane, Apple Mary
Morgan T: Spike, Doctor
DIRECTED BY: LEE LANCASTER / MICHELLE CRIMMINS
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: LEN SIMON
SENIOR PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: ELISABETH K
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: ABBY N
SOUND ENGINEERS: BROCK M & CAM M
FOLEY ARTISTS: RAY G & ZETH W
Thanks in advance for paying what you can to help offset the expenses of our radio plays!
Singing Jane, Limpy, Dugan
Alyza is passionate grade 10 who has been in the theater world for 5 years but has been into the craft for far longer. She is an immigrant from the Philippines who wants to make her mark in the spotlight. She has performed in such productions like Shrek The Musical, Robin Hood, Aladdin The Musical, The Laramie Project, and more. Although her acting skills are in the works, her singing skills can’t be overlooked. Ever since her first musical, she has been hooked to the art of theater and that spark inside of her has never died. Thanks to her supportive family, she is able to attend Central Memorial High School and expand her horizons further through the Performance Visual Arts program. She hopes to one day make her big break as an artist and is always anticipating for a chance to blow people’s minds through her performance.
The Shadow/Lamont Cranston, Man on the Street
Woman on the Street, Margo Lane, Apple Mary
Lee Lancaster comes to Central Memorial with 14 years as a drama teacher with the Calgary Board of Education, most notably facilitating the drama programs at Sir John A. Macdonald School and William Aberhart School. A veteran writer, director, and performer with extensive experience with the Loose Moose Theatre Company, Lee specializes in spontaneous improvisation and collective creation. He has written and produced a variety of original productions over the years including The Children of Hillside, Competition Smile and most recently The Hippocratic Oath. Lee is enthusiastic about exploring acting techniques as a device to help students learn about themselves, others, and the world of theatre. He has a passion for the arts in education and values collaboration, teamwork, and unique approaches to inspiring students to be their best!
Michelle Crimmins graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and began her teaching career outside of the public school system as an Instructor and Studio Coordinator for The Company of Rogues Actor’s Studio and for Central Memorial’s PVA Theatre Arts Program as a guest artist. She later pursued her Bachelor of Education at the University of New Brunswick before heading overseas to teach in Beijing, China. Upon returning to hometown Calgary, Michelle further developed her instruction skills through teaching for Calgary Young People’s Theatre. Recently, Michelle returned to leading the Teen classes at the Company of Rogues Actor’s Studio. Teaching at Central gives her great joy and purpose and she considers PVA her “second family.”
Len Simon is extremely excited to be the Technical Director for these Radio Plays with the PVA Program at Central Memorial High School. These plays have added a fun new twist to the technical demands of the Technical Theatre Program at CMHS. Our student technicians have fully embraced their new roles and accepted the challenges of creating stimulating aural experiences for our audience members. Len is grateful to once again work with these talented students of the PVA Theatre Arts Programs, our amazing Guest Artist Christian Goutsis, and exceptional colleagues Michelle Crimmins and Lee Lancaster, to take on the new challenges that these play have brought. Len hopes that you enjoy listening to these plays as much as he has enjoyed helping to bring the technical elements together to make them happen.
Abby is in her final year at Central, and she is very excited to share these new shows with you all ! She has performed 2 musicals here, including her role as Donna in Mamma Mia! (2018), and her role as Maisie in Suessical the Musical (2019). Assistant Directing a radio play was a big change for her and her fellow peers, but doing it has also given her a different, exciting experience, and a new opportunity that has taught her much about her field. Abby would like to thank her family and friends for being super cool, and her drama teachers for taking a crummy situation and turning it into something interesting and fun. She can’t wait to show you all the hard work that her and her groups have put into these shows, and she hopes you all enjoy these twisting, murderous tales.
Sound Engineer / Foley
Brock Muncks’ interest in sound design and sound engineering began when he saw the movie Munich By Steven Spielberg. Since then the has realized the importance that sound plays in the viewing experience of movies and other media. This has been Brock's first experience as a sound engineer and he has also begun to familiarize himself with the editing process. Mr. Simon has been an incredible and thoughtful mentor through Brock’s learning curve. Brock’s hope for the future is to gain an internship at the Bioware game studio in Edmonton. Brock would like to thank his parents for making it possible to attend Central Memorial High School and attend the PVA program.
Cam is a Sound engineer for this semesters radio plays he was previously apart of the backstage crew for Suessical and is enjoying learning the differences between radio plays and regular plays.
Ray Groves developed their love for acting and theatre technology from the young age of six, when they took part in a school play. They loved being both backstage and on stage, whether they were acting, working the lights, sounds, music and so much more. Ray has worked with both acting and tech for many years and worked on plenty of plays backstage and on stage like, Shape Stowaways (3D), Juliet And That Guy Romeo (Tech), The Laramie Project (Harry woods, Zackie Salmon, News person 2), The Whole Town's Sleeping (Tech), The Dead Laugh (Tech), The Vengeful Corpse (Tech), Cabin B13 (Tech), The Thought (Tech), Requiem (Tech), On A Country Road (Tech), The Blind Beggar Dies (Tech), Poltergeist (Tech) and Bad Medicine (Narrator, Haskins). They have performed many times on the Jubilee stage from the age of six to the age of eleven.
Ray is grateful for the knowledge for both acting and tech from Calgary Arts Academy, Vincent Massey Junior High and Central Memorial High School’s Performing Visual Arts Program. Ray is so thankful for all the support they have been given from their friends, family and peers.
Senior Production Assistant
Over the past three years, Sam has worked in Central Memorial’s Oliver (Run Crew), Shakespeare’s Dog (Usher), The Vengeful Corpse Radio Play (Production Assistant and Editor), Mars is Heaven Radio Play (Editor), and The Veldt Radio Play (Foley Artist). He has also helped at various events around Central Memorial such as Dance Central and pep rallies. Outside of tech, Sam is heavily involved in theatre and acting and has been accepted into the Acting for Film and Television program at the Vancouver Film School starting October of 2021. He would like to thank Mr.Simon for teaching Sam everything he knows about tech.
Elisabeth was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta by her mother, Meg and father, Marcus. Elisabeth is currently a student at Central Memorial High School in Calgary, Alberta. Elisabeth’s love for theatre started at an early age, she first participated in choirs and fell in love with being on stage. She has acted in many amateur theatre productions put on by previous schools she attended. Her roles have varied between playing “Mr. Mayor” in Seussical the Musical, playing “Seaweed’s Gang” in Hairspray, playing “Mama Ogre” in Shrek the Musical and playing “Queen Susan” in The Horse and his Boy. Elisabeth has been a part of church choirs since she was 8 years old, she knows how to harmonize well with others and also sing solo; even knowing how to sing opera and acapella. Apart from choir, she has also received private voice lessons to help with range, projection, and breath work. She loves when her family gets the opportunity to watch her perform, especially since her father has been diagnosed as terminally ill. Theatre is very important to Elisabeth because she feels it allows her to convey a story to an audience, she loves evoking emotion out of others whether it’s joy or sorrow and believes the best thing an actor can do is to have an impact on someone; a change in how they view the world.